The best video games of April 2022
April was relatively calm on the games front after a lively first quarter for video game releases. There were only a few notable AAA releases, so indie games had more time to shine. Although April had no Ring of Elden-level of release, a lot of great games have dropped again over the past month.
In particular, five video games and an all-new system stand out looking back in April 2022. If you’re wondering what new games there are to play in this slower time, check out these titles.
The Nintendo Switch finally has its own Sports Wii successor this month. Nintendo Switch Sports features simplified versions of sports like bowling, soccer, volleyball, badminton, chambara, and tennis that use Joy-Con motion controls and are fun for the whole family. It has full online support and will be updated in the future with new sports including golf.
“Nintendo Switch Sports is exactly what it should be,” wrote Giovanni Colantonio of Digital Trends in a three and a half star review for the game. “It’s an intuitive set of Wii-era sports minigames with controls more precise movement patterns and full online integration Addictive activities like bowling and badminton make this one of Switch’s best multiplayer board games, though overly complicated minigames like soccer lack the simple appeal from the Serie.
Sports Wii is one of the most widespread video games, so it is good to know that Nintendo Switch Sports lives up to its name, even if it does not reinvent the formula. It’s not a complex title, but it’s the next big multiplayer party game for Nintendo Switch.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
TT Games’ latest Lego title has been a long time coming, and its scope matches development time. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga features stories from all nine classic Star Wars movies in a massive game filled with large hub worlds based on iconic planets. It doesn’t always mesh well, but there’s certainly no shortage of fun to be had here.
“Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is the most engaging Lego game in years, thanks to its deeper gameplay and all the faithfully recreated Star Wars locations for players to explore,” I wrote in a three-star review. “But like the protagonists of every Star Wars trilogy, The Skywalker Saga has an identity crisis.
Although I was a bit more mixed about the game than some, The Skywalker Saga definitely has its merits and will be a delightful game for kids and families. If you’re a die-hard Star Wars fan and plan to spend a lot of time exploring once you’ve completed all nine movies, you’ll enjoy Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.
MLB The Show 22
MLB The Show 22 is the latest baseball simulation from Sony’s San Diego studio. It’s one of the few Sony games that isn’t exclusive to PlayStation, as MLB The Show 22 is also on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch this year with full cross-play and cross-progression support. Little has changed since MLB The Show 21but MLB The Show 22 is still the most complete baseball game around. You can take a player to the major leagues in Road to the Show, play a faster season with your favorite team from March to October, or collect player cards to create a dream team in Diamond Dynasty. It’s all here and as polished as ever.
” Certainly, MLB The Show 22′s gameplay is also just in a very good place”, I already wrote while discussing how MLB The Show 22 is a fantastic fit for Xbox Game Pass. “Toss, stick and pitch all have a lot of depth and different control schemes, even though those mechanics are the same as last year.”
It won’t blow your mind, but it’s another great baseball sim for fans of the sport that’s as relaxing or exhilarating as they want it to be. And now that it’s on both Xbox Game Pass and Nintendo Switch, MLB The Show 22 is accessible to almost everyone. Hopefully we’ll get a PC port next year.
Demolish is one of many notable indie games leaving Early Access this month. In it, players pull off heists in levels that have completely destructible environments. This detailed level of destruction gives the player a ton of freedom in accomplishing objectives, making for a memorable immersive sim.
“It may look like a Minecraft mod on the face of it, but Teardown excels as a destruction sandbox, an ingenious puzzle game and an exciting action title all at once,” Colantonio wrote. “It’s the closest I’ve seen in a video game to capturing the spirit of movies like Ocean 11 nowadays.”
Demolish first entered early access in October 2020, but finally got its 1.0 launch on April 21. Now that the game is complete, players can see everything this sandbox has to offer.
City building games like Cities: Skylines can often become overwhelming and exhausting to play. Dorfromantik takes this concept in the opposite direction, featuring a minimalist city builder where players slowly build a city with a stack of procedurally generated city tiles.
“It’s a game I play pretty much every day as I wind down before bed,” Colantonio wrote in an article about the game, which features ideas of its developers. “And while I turn it on like a relaxing descent, I’m always looking forward to beating my high score and creating even greater landmass. I’m able to play with strategic intent without my blood pressure skyrocketing. .
Dorfromantik got a lot of positive attention during its early access in March 2021, but it eventually left early access on April 28. Those who like relaxing games, puzzle games or city builders should check it out Dorfromantik outside.
Playdate is not a game; it is a new portable system with very specific functionalities. It has the screen of a Game Boy but features modern touches like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support. There is also a rotating crank on the device which is used in almost all games, which are delivered to the handheld every week as part of a season.
“The Playdate won’t be for everyone, but its target audience will eat this lovely little handheld,” Colantonio wrote in his three-and-a-half-star review of the system. “Its unique crank control already leads to extremely creative video games, some of which are truly brilliant.”
Playdate only started shipping and distributing two games a week this month, so early adopters haven’t even had the full Playdate experience yet. But it’s an exciting system to watch as it attracts many talented indie developers.